Using our Talents

Using our Talents

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I read a wonderful book a couple of weeks ago. It was such a poignant story and I experienced many emotions while reading it. After the glow of reading a wonderful book wore off, it hit me. I’ll never write like that.

Suddenly, I was plagued with self-doubt and insecurity. How could I continue to believe I would have any measure of success as an author when I KNOW there are so many better ones out there.

In the midst of my pity party, I cried out to God. I felt like putting a cap on my pen and taking the word ‘writer’ away from my signature line.

Then God reminded me of the parable of the talents.

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” – Matthew 25: 14-15 KJV

The Lord did not give them the same portion of talent. But that’s not the point of the story. That’s not the point of my story. The point is to use the talent God blessed us with. We are to serve Him with honor so that we don’t find ourselves in the same boat as the wicked servant.

“And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth…” – Matthew 25:25 KJV

Y’all, we’re not meant to all yield the same results. It’s not possible and it’s an added stress if we believe it to be so. But we are required to use what the Lord blessed us with, no matter the doubts that plague our minds. So today, I’ll push the insecurity away and remind myself that God did give me a talent that can be used for His Glory.

Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.


  1. Thank you, Toni. I needed this reminder. I struggle with this from time to time,too. I’m glad you’re sharing your talents here!

  2. Thank you Toni Shiloh, for this reminder that God gives us all different and unique talents. I pray that I will show His glory in all I say and do.

  3. Great post, Toni!

  4. Very encouraging Toni, thank you.

  5. I love what you did there with the word talent. 😀 Great post. It reminds me of something I saw on the ACFW loop. Someone had posted about how we are all members of the choir. I don’t remember their words, so I will use my own for the same point. Some voices are higher, some deeper, some stronger, some weaker, but when they all work together they make a beautiful sound. We are not soloists, we are all members of a choir and we all have a story to tell. My story might reach someone your story doesn’t, but your story will reach someone that my story cannot. God uses us all for His honor and glory if we let him, but if we sit out and don’t sing (or write as the case may be), we won’t be part of His choir.

    • Amen, Elle! There’s a beauty and kinship that comes from being part of a group. It’s one of the greatest things ever to work to a common goal and remember we can all be used to further the Kingdom.

  6. AMEN! That is so very true. I guess we ALL do that…read someone else”s book and think, I’d love to write like that… Thank you, Toni! You always make my heart smile! 🙂

  7. Janet K Brown says:

    Oh, I like this. I think we all at times think God messed up with us & failed to give us a talent, but not so. He gives them as, “He sees fit,” & He gives to all. Sometimes, I need a reminder like this that it includes me.

  8. Kristin Bunting says:

    Toni, great reminder to us all! This makes me think of the passage in John 21 where Peter is jealous toward the apostle John. He asks Jesus, “What about him?” And Jesus says, “If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you? You follow me!” Whoa!! You’re so right, “we’re not meant to yield the same results.” But our flesh sure struggles against that! Thanks for putting it all in perspective so personally!

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